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Farmers go high-tech in bid to reduce bay pollution

The fields near here are lush and green, but farmer Kyle Hutchison wanted to give his corn crop one last dose of plant food before the chest-high stalks grew too tall to treat.

He clambered into the cab of his "high-boy" fertilizer spreader, which looks like a giant mechanical dragonfly with black metal "wings" that skim the tops of the cornstalks. After firing up the on-board computer, he called...

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Advocates urge Maryland to reinstate smog curb on power plants

Environmental advocates urged Maryland regulators Monday to reinstate a rule withdrawn by the Hogan administration that would require power plants to curtail their smog-forming pollution or shut down. 

About 40 people, many of them wearing "I love clean air" stickers, came to the Maryland Department of the Environment in Baltimore for a public hearing on a new state regulation that would require coal-burning...

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Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits

The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators.

The justices split 5-4 along ideological lines to rule that the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly take costs into account when it first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from...

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72,000 gallons of sewage spills in White Marsh

An estimated 72,000 gallons of sewage spilled from a damaged pipe in White Marsh, according to the Baltimore County Department of Public Works.

Officials say erosion caused concrete pipe lining to slip and damage a 12-inch-diameter sewer pipe near Cordon Way in the area of White Marsh Mall. The sewage spilled into a tributary of White Marsh Run.

The spill was reported to the county at 12:46 p.m. Thursday...

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Americans underestimate their food waste, survey finds

Americans may be the world's biggest wasters of food, but if so, they're not about to own up to it. A recent national survey done for the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future found the vast majority profess to tossing out relatively little.

In an online questionnaire filled out by 1,010 people, nearly three-quarters said they discarded less food than the average American. More than half said...

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Destructive ash tree beetle spreads to more Md. counties

The Maryland Department of Agriculture says a beetle that attacks ash trees has spread to four more counties.

The agency said Monday the discovery will likely to bring the entire state under a federal quarantine for the emerald ash borer.

Secretary Joe Bartenfelder said the invasive pest was recently confirmed in Dorchester, Queen Anne's, Harford and Baltimore counties.

A state quarantine enacted...

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